‘Like the Phoenix rising, yesterday’s tea-time concert at Holy Trinity, Gosport, was a rare and unexpected treat! Only four days earlier we thought would have to cancel as Bishop’s Bells were unable to play owing to unexpected sickness and severely depleted numbers.
Well, they do say, ‘It’s not what you know but who you know!’ and when one has Jennifer Parker-Lummis’ and Alex Wilson amongst your friends you just know they will come to the rescue – if they can – and they could!
So the show could go on . . . but this was no compromise concert; it was simply fabulous – and a great success with the truly splendid and appreciative audience!
We are very grateful to all our performers: once again Jennifer impressed us with the sheer beauty and versatility of her voice in her ‘Brief Introduction to Opera’; newcomer to HTC, Jake Lynas, Upper Sixth music student at Bay House, introduced us to three contemporary, Japanese pieces and touched us all with his breath-taking performance of extremely challenging music; I love the notion that 6 people with 12 bells make one instrument and Bishop’s Bells demonstrated this phenomenon with great charm and delighted us all; Alex Wilson and Tom Thorpe closed the afternoon by lifting the rafters of our 17th Century church with their exciting improvisations of great jazz music by Bob Thiele, Joseph Kosma and Duke Ellington . . . we are very privileged at Holy Trinity to attract such talent!’